Oscar Season: Best Animated Film

We’ve reached my favourite category! While it’s totally inconsequential and awfully immature for a 23 year old to be so into animated movies – it is what it is! The nominees this year are:

– Frankenweenie

– Brave

– Wreck-It Ralph

– ParaNorman

– The Pirates! Band of Misfits.



Let’s quickly look at each of these films. Frankenweenie is in typical Tim Burton style. If you’re one of those people who loved Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie is right up your street. The story is about a boy who is a bit of a scientific nut whose beloved dog is runover and he reanimates the dog. While the obvious references to old horror movies are enjoyable, I found this movie to be too serious and a bit on the slow side. If you’re a Tim Burton die-hard fan, you’ll love this movie, otherwise, I think you can give it a skip because you’re not missing much!



Brave. I have problems with this movie because Pixar has been so INCREDIBLY BRILLIANT in the past. To date I love movies like The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Brave starts of really well, but it goes down this path which doesn’t really feel right. While I get the message they were conveying, which was in true Pixar style, it lacked the maturity we’ve all come to know and love in Pixar movies. Merida is spunky and lovable but it’s totally lost in the twist the plot takes. This one probably will win this year, but I don’t think it deserves it!




Wreck-It Ralph is a must watch for everybody. This is the How To Train Your Dragon of 2012! This is the one that deserves to win. Great story, great humour, great voice acting. This movie is great all across the board. I loved it and it was a breath of fresh air. Based in the world of arcade gaming, this will drive geeks nuts because of the countless references and not to mention cameos from beloved game villians. Simply awesome! Since Lorax is out of the race, this is my choice, hands down.




While ParaNorman has some great moments. It’s a strangely dark movie. Certainly quite scary for the intended audience.Norman is a boy who can see ghosts and he lives in a town which is cursed by a witch. Since he’s born with this gift, it’s up to him to save the town from the witch’s curse. Along for the ride are his sister, his side-kick and side-kick’s older brother and the class bully. The story of the witch is really dark and it spoils the rest of the movie which is quite good. My favourite scene is where Norman has to get the book out of his uncle’s hands. I laughed so much!



Finally, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Well it’s certainly better than the last 2 Pirates of the Caribbean movies! It’s a sweet movie. If you’ve seen Flushed Away, you know what to expect from this movie. It’s the story of the Pirate Captain, who is beloved by his motley crew and wishes to win the Pirate of the Year award, but is a bit of a joke in the pirate world. Throw in Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin and you have a movie which is quite entertaining. Plus, I respect any stop motion animation film because it takes A LOT to make them!


My Choice: Quite obviously, it’s Wreck-It Ralph.

Grouse Point: Why was The Lorax not nominated? It’s such a wonderful movie! Plus, it has such a great message. I’m sure it would have lost but The Lorax definitely deserved a nomination because it was one of the best animated movies of the previous year. Plus, since they’ve now increased the nominees in the category from 3 to 5, shame on the Academy for this one!

To end on a more positive note, I suggest, wonderful reader, that if you like animated movies as much as I do. Watch Disney’s nominated Short – The Paperman.



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